Trump threatens prosecution over Manchester attack leaks
- Author: Leroy Wright May 26, 2017,
May 26, 2017, 16:34
The UK will hold a minute of silence Thursday morning at 11 a.m. local time (6 a.m. ET) as the country continues to come to terms with the bombing at Manchester Arena, its worst terror attack since the 2005 London attacks.
Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to raise the issue of the leaks with President Donald Trump in Brussels later. Eight suspects are now in custody.
In a statement issued by the White House, the U.S. president said he had ordered the Department of Justice and other agencies to launch a full review of leaks he described as "a grave threat to our national security".
Police said they were called at 10:33pm Monday after an explosion at Manchester Arena during a concert by United States pop star Ariana Grande, who is popular with teenagers and pre-teens. They are all men.
"Following this arrest a house in Wigan was raided this morning and is now being searched".
Manchester Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said the leaks had upset victims of the attack and their families. The report said that British police informed their German counterparts that Abedi had received paramilitary training in Syria beforehand.
Details of their alleged connection to the bombing have not been revealed.
Relatives of the British-born bomber are being interrogated by Libyan authorities in Tripoli, where his father Ramadan and teenage brother Hashim were arrested on Wednesday.
One of those in custody is the bomber's older brother, 23-year-old Ismail Abedi, who was detained the day after the bombing.
"It's thought he flew in from Manchester and flew back from Dusseldorf to Manchester. Our coverage of Monday's horrific attack has been both comprehensive and responsible".
Abedi, he said, had tried to hide in the mosque library to read religious books overnight.
Information in so-called IS Files - a huge cache of documents obtained by Sky News? shows how an ISIS fighter called Raphael Hostey, from Moss Side in the south of Manchester, sponsored hundreds of terror recruits.
Monday's blast killed at least 22 people.
Others, including parents, were waiting in the foyer to pick up family and friends when the bomb went off.
She also chatted and shook hands with hospital staff, and told the father of another injured teenager at the hospital: "It's not something you expect at all".
Burnham, a Labour mayor, said he had spoken with the USA ambassador to Britain about the issue.
The Pentagon, CIA and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which coordinates US intelligence agencies, did not respond to requests for comment on whether intelligence-sharing with Britain would be further affected by the controversy over leaks from Manchester.
The city's two giant soccer clubs, Manchester United and Manchester City, laid aside their rivalry to jointly donate 1 million pounds ($1.3 million) to an emergency fund set up to support families affected by the attack.
The announcement came as the United Kingdom observed a one-minute silence at 11 AM local time today in the memory of all those affected.
Queen Elizabeth II visited Royal Manchester Children's Hospital on Thursday to talk to some of the victims, their families and medical staff. Her visit was described as a morale boosting tour for the patients and healthcare professionals caring for them.